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Agriculture Finance and Policy

THIRTEENTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - February 24, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-SECOND SESSION
AGRICULTURE FINANCE AND POLICY COMMITTEE MINUTES

Representative Mike Sundin, Chair of the Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee, called the virtual meeting to order at 1:01 P.M. on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was broadcast via Zoom and House Public Information Services.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll. A quorum was present.

Members present:
SUNDIN, Mike, CHAIR
VANG, Samantha, VICE CHAIR
ANDERSON, Paul, Minority Lead
BURKEL, John
ECKLUND, Rob
HANSEN, Rick
HANSON, Jessica
KLEVORN, Ginny
LIPPERT, Todd
LUECK, Dale
MILLER, Tim
NELSON, Nathan
THOMPSON, John

Rep. Vang moved to approve adoption of the minutes of the previous meeting. The motion prevailed. The minutes from the February 22, 2021 meeting were adopted.

HF 1433 (Frederick) Providing a biofuels education and marketing program; establishing a council on biofuels education and promotion; requiring compliance with certain compatibility standards; modifying minimum biofuel standard

Chair Sundin announced his intention to lay over HF 1433.

Rep. Vang moved that HF 1433 be recommended to be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus Agriculture Finance bill.

Rep. Frederick presented HF 1433.

Testifying:
Deputy Commissioner Andrea Vaubel, MDA
Bob Patton, Energy and Environment Supervisor, MDA
Brian Thalmann, Board Director, Minnesota Corn Growers Association
Joel Bordewyk, Plant Manager, Poet Refinery, Bingham Lake
Gary Wertish, Minnesota Farmers Union
Kevin Paap, Minnesota Farm Bureau
Timothy Gross, Executive Director, Minnesota Petroleum Marketers Association
Tim Rudnicki, Executive Director, Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, Inc.

Chair Sundin laid over HF 1433.

HF 354 (P. Anderson) Spark ignition motor fuel wholesalers and retailers grant for technical assistance and appropriate technology and promotional program implementation funding provided, reports required, and money appropriated.

Rep. Anderson moved that HF 354 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus Agriculture Finance bill.

Rep. Anderson moved the A21 amendment. The motion prevailed. The amendment was adopted.

Rep. Anderson presented HF 354, as amended.

Testifying:
Tim Rudnicki, Executive Director, Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, Inc.
Timothy Gross, Executive Director, Minnesota Petroleum Marketers Association

Rep. Anderson renewed his motion that HF 354, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in omnibus Agriculture Finance bill. Chair Sundin laid over HF 354, as amended.

Overview of MDA Bioincentives report
• Bob Patton, Energy and Environment Supervisor, MDA

Chair Sundin passed the gavel and Vice Chair Vang assumed the Chair at 2:04 P.M.


HF 804 (Sundin) Bioincentive program modified, and money appropriated.

Rep. Sundin moved that HF 804 be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus Agriculture Finance bill.

Rep. Sundin presented HF 804.

Testifying:
Brigid Tuck, U of MN
Brendan Jordan, Great Plains Institute

Rep. Sundin amended his motion and moved that HF 804 be recommended to be referred to the Climate and Energy Finance and Policy Committee.

AYES:
SUNDIN
VANG
ANDERSON
BURKEL
ECKLUND
HANSON, J.
LIPPERT
LUECK
MILLER
NELSON
THOMPSON

NAYS:
HANSEN, R.

PASS/ABSTAINED:
KLEVORN

There being 11 ayes and 1 nay, the motion prevailed. HF 804 was recommended to be referred to the Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Committee.



Vice Chair Vang adjourned the meeting at 2:20 P.M.




_______________________________
Representative Mike Sundin, Chair





_______________________________
Kyle Smith, Committee Legislative Assistant

More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF354 (Anderson) - Spark ignition motor fuel wholesalers and retailers grant for technical assistance and appropriate technology and promotional program implementation funding provided, reports required, and money appropriated.
  • HF804 (Sundin) - Bioincentive program modified, and money appropriated.
  • HF1433 (Frederick) - Compatibility standard compliance required, minimum ethanol standard modified, technical changes made, and rulemaking required.
House TV Video:
View Archive

01:50 - HF1433 (Frederick) Providing a biofuels education and marketing program; establishing a council on biofuels education and promotion; requiring compliance with certain compatibility standards; modifying minimum biofuel standard.
48:15 - HF354 (Anderson) Spark ignition motor fuel wholesalers and retailers grant for technical assistance and appropriate technology and promotional program implementation funding provided, reports required, and money appropriated.
Overview of Department of Agriculture bioincentive report.
57:57 - HF804 (Sundin) Bioincentive program modified, and money appropriated.


This remote hearing is taking place pursuant to Rule 10.01, which you may view here: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/rules/permrule/1001.htm

I. Bill Added: HF 1433 (Frederick) Providing a biofuels education and marketing program; establishing a council on biofuels education and promotion; requiring compliance with certain compatibility standards; modifying minimum biofuel standard
II. Overview of MDA Bioincentives report
III. HF 354 (P. Anderson) Spark ignition motor fuel wholesalers and retailers grant for technical assistance and appropriate technology and promotional program implementation funding provided, reports required, and money appropriated.
IV. HF 804 (Sundin) Bioincentive program modified, and money appropriated.

Other bills may be added pending referral.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY: Please contact nancy.conley@house.mn by 4:00 PM, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 if you would like to sign up to testify on any bill (testimony may be limited to 2 minutes/person). Written testimony is encouraged and should be submitted by 4:00 PM, Tuesday to ensure it will be posted on the committee website and provided to members in advance of the hearing.

PUBLIC VIEWING: This remote hearing may be viewed via the House webcast schedule page: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/schedule.asp NOTE: HTV 1 and HTV 2 will provide live closed captioning. Video archives of meetings streamed on HTV 3, 4, and 5 will have closed captions added. Other reasonable accessibility accommodations may be made with advance notice.

PUBLIC ACCESSIBILITY: If you have questions about the accessibility of remote hearings or require an accommodation, please contact Jenny Nash at: jenny.nash@house.mn or by leaving a message at 651-296-4122. Please do not contact her with questions about the substance of the meeting agenda.

MEETING DOCUMENTS: Meeting documents will be posted on the House Agriculture Finance & Policy Committee website at https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/Home/92001